Antedating of "Full House" (Poker)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 25 01:25:44 UTC 2013

full house (OED, 2., 1887)

1882 _Wash. Post_ 15 Jan. 3 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  The manner and freedom with which one beautiful little creature reeled off column after column of the rules and laws of poker, and the values of "pairs," "triplets," "flushes," "a full house," "four of a kind," and, catching her breath, vouchsafed the statement that "straights don't count," would have done credit to Gen. Schenck.

Fred Shapiro

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